Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2018, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Raats Family Wines are specialists in the crafting of exceptional wines from two focus varieties: Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. “It is our mission to consistently produce wines from these two varieties that are of outstanding quality and to establish them as international benchmarks.” The nose entices with its perfume and a garrigue character of Cape fynbos, rosemary, lavender and thyme with spicy notes of nutmeg, cloves and star anise. Intense brooding blackberry fruit, graphite and a streak of minerality add to the complexity of the nose. The palate is dominated by blueberry, mulberry, brambles, dark cherries, liquorice and the aniseed and other spices following through from the nose. The palate is complex and textured with fine grained silky tannins balancing the dark berry fruit. Blue- and blackberries dominate the smooth finish with hints of dark chocolate.